Tirana Rinas Airport
The deployment of some 12,000 AFOR and US troops into Albania was not allowed to hinder the flow of humanitarian aid. From the outset, AFOR took control of the airspace under 3,000 feet within Albania, improved the management of Tirana Rinas Airport and equipped it with modern air traffic control radar systems. As a result its capacity increased from 8 to 100 aircraft daily, peaking at 88 fixed-wing flights in one day.
At the height of the crisis the airport housed TF Hawk (4,500 personnel and 500 vehicles under US control), JTF Shining Hope (1,028 personnel and 104 vehicles), the United Arab Emirates contingent (297 personnel), elements of TF South, and a large number of IO/NGOs co-ordinating the movement of humanitarian aid. Military police and designated traffic circuits were introduced to enhance vehicle movement.
During the operation 3,489 fixed wing landings were made at the airport, of which 1,139 were for the movement of aid; 10,000 metric tons of aid were brought into the country through the airport. In addition, there were 4,578 tons flown by rotary wing. Throughout the aid operation, the civilian terminal continued to function normally.
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